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Pronunciation: lesson 21
Videos: pronunciation, practice
Test
: pronunciation word test
American English Pronunciation Lesson 21

Today in the classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound p as in the words pet, putt, pit, peach. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
 
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 21 (reading and pronunciation)

Pronounce the sound p as in the words pet, putt, pit, peach. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
 
Video: American English Pronunciation Lesson 21 (listening, reading, and pronunciation)
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Spelling: This sound can only be spelled one way
p pet, pass, pat, putt, pit, punch, pouring, pony, peach, pill, pest, peak, pack
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound
 
Sound: Voiced and Unvoiced

This is an UNVOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO NOT vibrate when making the sound.
You CANNOT LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover your ears with your hands.

Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot listen to your vocal cords vibrating.
VERY GOOD
You CANNOT FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if you place your hands on your neck.

Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot feel your vocal cords vibrating.
VERY GOOD
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English. It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
 
Position: Mouth, lips, and tongue

The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips, and tongue position when you make this sound.
Mouth

Your mouth releases air which is then quickly stopped.
Lips

Your lips are together at the beginning.
Tongue

The front part of your tongue should be in the center part of your mouth.
Practice: Watch the following video and practice pronouncing this sound

Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
 
 
Pronunciation practice words

Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and tongue are in their proper positions.
pet pass pat putt
pit punch pouring pack
peach pill pest peak
 
Note: the red letters all have the same sound (watch the video above)
 
Test: Pronunciation word test

Try saying the following tongue twisters as quickly as possible.
  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
  • I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's mate, and I'm only plucking pheasants 'cause the pheasant plucker's late. I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's son, and I'm only plucking pheasants Till the pheasant pluckers come.
  • Peggy Babcock.
  • Plague-bearing prairie dogs.
  • A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place where a plaice is pleased to be placed.
  • Please pay promptly.
  • Pick a partner and practice passing, for if you pass proficiently, perhaps you'll play professionally.
From YOUR Teacher: Finally Pronouncing Consonants

Hey congratulations. You spent the last 6 months learning how to pronounce American English vowel sounds in Fun Easy English. Today you will begin learning how to pronounce American English consonant sounds. Pronouncing P in English is really easy. Remember to produce air from your mouth when you make this sound.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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